Issaquah Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor

February 7, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013

The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.

The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.

The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting in the summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.

BevMo! — a chain based in Concord, Calif. — intends to expand to Issaquah after opening outposts in Bellevue and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region after the state privatized liquor sales in June 2012.

Seattle-based Starbucks plans to open a standalone store at Northeast Park Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast, a block south from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

Other additions to the Grand Ridge Plaza lineup include men’s apparel retailer JoS. A. Bank, GNC, Great Clips and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo plans to open a 2,600-square-foot branch at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Federal Drive by September.

The bank is set to open in the same building as Civilized Nature, a local pet store poised to relocate from a Regency-owned retail center in neighboring Sammamish.

GNC, Starbucks and Wells Fargo also operate locations elsewhere in Issaquah.

Regency announced plans last year for RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, ULTA Beauty and Zumiez, a specialty sports equipment and clothing company.

The total comes to 31 announced tenants, including a planned Safeway gas station and the existing businesses — such as Agave Cocina & Tequilas, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and Caffe Ladro — on a block adjacent to the construction site but part of Grand Ridge Plaza.

Regency recently advertised 17 Grand Ridge Plaza sites — ranging from 927 square feet to 4,810 square feet — as still available.

Overall, Grand Ridge Plaza encompasses 10 blocks and 15 buildings spread across 280,113 square feet.

Regency and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities broke ground on Grand Ridge Plaza in June 2012 after more than a decade of delays.

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4 Responses to “Issaquah Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor”

  1. JS on February 7th, 2013 9:35 pm

    I REALLY would like to see Wholefoods there too!

  2. ben on March 10th, 2013 1:43 pm

    i’d really like to see nordstrom / macy’s there too ! that’d definitely going to make the complex more appealing to many.

  3. Eric on March 26th, 2013 12:45 pm

    Any update on when the movie theater/safeway construction is suppose to be completed?

  4. SayTen on March 31st, 2013 3:25 pm

    Zero desire to see an overpriced snobby Wholefoods. Unrealistic to expect Nordstroms or Macys.

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